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Dr. Lu Zhang

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Myers-Lawson School of Construction

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Dr. Zhang’s research program at Virginia Tech focuses on advancing knowledge in the areas of smart buildings and cities, built environment resilience and sustainability, equity in climate change, human built environment interaction, cyber-human systems, and artificial intelligence. Her overarching research goal is to create innovative solutions for new generations of sustainable and resilient built environments that are planned, designed, constructed, and operated with greater human awareness, intelligence, equity, and environmental consciousness. Dr. Zhang’s research work is supported by a number of federal and state funding agencies and has resulted in more than 45 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Zhang is an Associate Professor at the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. She joined Virginia Tech in 2023. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Professor at Moss Department of Construction Management at Florida International University. She received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Tongji University, China.